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What will I learn?

Midwifery and maternity care are open to a wide variety of research questions and designs. Staff and PhD students offer a community of learning which allows pertinent issues in maternity and midwifery to be explored. As such the area fosters research into specific clinical practice and effects of patterns of care, the midwife/family relationship, midwifery practice, and historical perspectives. Research may be qualitative or quantitative approaches or explore mixed methods.

Graduates with a PhD in nursing or in midwifery from the University of Brighton proceed to employment in various organisations including NIHR, NHS, university lecturer posts and consultancy, as well as further research.

As a Nursing PhD or Midwifery PhD student at Brighton, you will benefit from: a supervisory team comprising 2-3 members of academic staff. Depending on your research specialism you may also have an additional supervisor from another school, another research institution, or an external partner from government or industry; opportunities to present and discuss your own work with other researchers in seminars organised by research centres, groups and the university schools; desk space and access to a desktop PC; access to a range of electronic resources via the university’s Online Library, as well as to the physical book and journal collections housed within the Aldrich Library and other campus libraries.

Which department am I in?

School of Health Sciences

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
£15,126.00 (US$ 20,811) per year
Fees will be subject to an annual review, and may increase annually throughout the student’s period of enrolment on the course (subject to any maximum regulated tuition fee limit).

This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

October 2021


University of Brighton

Mithras House,

Lewes Road,


Brighton & Hove,

BN2 4AT, England

Entry requirements

For international students

The entry requirements for the PhD are: a recognised Master’s degree with a significant research component, for example MPhil from another university, or similar qualification which is regarded by the University of Brighton as being equivalent and relevant or substantial appropriate research or professional experience at postgraduate level which resulted in published work, written reports or other appropriate evidence of accomplishment. An application made by someone with this experience will be considered on its merits and will normally require independent academic references or, unless a School exercises their right to specify more stringent entry requirements, we may consider a first or upper second honours degree or other qualification which is regarded by the University of Bighton as being equivalent and relevant. research degrees in Arts and Humanities and Health Professions require 7.0 overall, 7 for writing, and none below 6.5.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of Brighton

With an outstanding curriculum and Careers and Employability team, 91.6 per cent of students are employed within 6 months of completing their course.

  • Welcomes 3,000 international students every year
  • 91.6 per cent graduate employability rate
  • Top 50 UK university for graduate outcomes (CUG, 2022)
  • #1 Young UK University World Rankings (THE)